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Slow Transfer Day For Newcastle – Linked With Only 5 Players

2:10 pm, Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

It’s that time of year again, when Newcastle are linked with an awful lot of players, and it’s always hard to know which ones we are really after, and some players we are linked with, you just know we cannot be interested in.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew – interested in Mark Noble?

And today we have been linked with five players – so it’s a slow day in the transfer market for Newcastle United.

Here are the players we are linked with just today:

  • Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City is a very good English center-back, but Manchester City are also said to be interested in him, but why would Mark Hughes want to lose his Player of the Season in the summer? The truth is he doesn’t and even if a club bids £12M for him, which is said to be his price, Stoke may still not sell one of their very best players, and a stalwart at the back for the Potters for the last six years.
  • Mo Diame of West Ham has played many games for West Ham the last two seasons ,and he’s a good player and had three seasons previously at Wigan. He supposedly has a  £3.5M release clause in his contract, which has one year to run,  and it could be that West Ham want to unload him.
    And at £80K/week in wages they would save around £4M in those wages alone if they sell him in the summer. Those wages could be a huge deterrent to Newcastle getting this Senegal International central midfielder to Newcastle.
  • Remy Cabella – this lad is obviously a big target for Newcastle in the summer, and news in the Journal today that our first bid 0f anywhere from £6M to £8M,  has been turned down by Montpellier President Louis Nicollin. The Journal report suggests £11M may do the trick, but there are some big clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid supposedly interested in him – and if that’s true it will be very difficult for us to bring this lad to Newcastle.
  • Mark Noble – a very decent and experienced central midfield player , who’s played at West Ham for the last eight seasons, and a player Alan Pardew brought through to the first team when he was West Ham manager. So Alan knows all about him, and Mark would be a decent enough signing, but would he want to come to the north-east – and why would West Ham ever want to let him go?
  • Ayoze Perez – a 20 year-old Spanish striker who plays in the Spanish second division for Tenerife, and he’s scored 16 goals in 33 games for his club this season - but that’s a low standard of play so it’s very hard to know just how good he is or could become. But he would be a good signing for the Development squad, and who knows – he could even come through the ranks into the first team in a year or two. The news is that he could even be on Tyneside today taking his medical, and he could become our first signing of the summer, but probably a Development player next season.

It’s a good question whether we can get many of those players to Newcastle over the summer months, but we are assuming Lee Charnley, Alan Pardew and others are working night and day to get some good players to Newcastle this summer, otherwise we could be fighting against relegation for the second time in three years, and that’s the very last thing we want to happen next season.

We cannot take another nightmare season at Newcastle – the last six months was bad enough – and we finished 10th!

A top six finish would be great – if we can do it.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // May 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    martoon

    Fine point! I’d looked through it a couple of times but I’ll go through it now and come back to you all.

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // May 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    toon kk

    I think he could have been a hero…and I think he really wanted that at the beginning if his behaviour is anything to go by. Surely that boat has sailed now though?

  • 3 Rightpeg-topcornish // May 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Perez looks like he has some skills. fair few goals show a predatory instinct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXxV-ZTwdsc

  • 4 Sazzer // May 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Spoof
    I doubt anybody of us watch LIGA Adelante unless there is a Newcaste supporter from Spain or living in Spain. So all we can do is trust Carr on this. At least this guy has a couple of kids making Youtube videos of him in comparison to Amalfitano, and another team with great scouts looking for his services.

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // May 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Another thing

    If we get a couple of strikers who are going to be top notch do people think Cisse should lose the number 9 shirt if he stays ? If he is still going to be terrible and hardly play it seems silly to have the legendary 9 shirt still on his back ??

  • 6 theartfuldodger // May 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Well, if we arent going to buy any CB or strikers around 28 yrs, the chances of getting proven quality are very slim..
    CBs specially are best when 28 or so…with lots of experience…

    We refuse to sign older players, but play collocini week in week out.
    Would we have spent money to buy him if he was playing for another club ??

  • 7 Sazzer // May 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Ayoze Perez vs Manuel Lanzini? – the guy Scum is trying to get?

  • 8 stephen30 // May 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    im not an itk and i dont have sources but i can confirm perez walked into the stadium at 9:30 this morning with a load of guys in suits as i was driving by when he got out the car

  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // May 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Ok…summary from the predictions we made at the beginning of the season…

    Average predicted finish = 11th (actually 10th)
    Over half of fans predicted a bottom half finish.

    Average number of points predicted = 49. Spot on!

    Less than half predicted a better fun in the League Cup, less than a quarter predicted a worse run and more than a quarter got it spot on.

    Only 2 people predicted a worse FA Cup run and only 3 quarters predicted better.

    Considering 2 players signed (albeit on loan), that was the average.

    Considering 2 players sold (Perch and Cabaye) that was the average too.

    Just about a quarter had Remy as top scorer, almost all the rest had Cisse (oops).

    The average number of league goals predicted was 15, just one more than Remy got.

    3 fifths said that Pardew would not be sacked so 2 fifths were correct.

  • 10 Sazzer // May 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    stephen30
    There was a guy on twitter who gave similar report earlier and the Tenerife radio said that he signed the paper a couple of hours ago which fit into the story that he came this morning.

    Mark Douglas gives a different story.

    And so far no picture of him holding the shirt yet.

  • 11 Laurent Robert 32 // May 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    No doubt we’ll offer a Twix and a dart set to get them over the line.

    Ashley out.

  • 12 maikelw // May 21, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Being linked to players is not enough for me. Now is the time to show ambition otherwise other players will leave as well. We need good central defenders a replacement for cabaye 2 or 3 strikers. And perhaps a winger also. in my opinion get rid of tiote as well he is a good defensive midfielder but slows the game of newcastle to much. We have the players to play with more pace but currently we don’t.




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